Minneapolis-the police removed a memorial put up by white nationalists in honor of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman who was killed by police earlier this year.
A monument created by a white supremacist group to honour an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer last summer has been removed by Minneapolis police.
John Elder, a minneapolis police department spokesperson told Minnesota Public Radio News that an officer is cleared of the memorial when the department learned was displayed outside the main office.
“We can’t allow a memorial and something that needs to be set up at that location,” Elder told the radio station.
Justine Damond was shot and killed by this officer, Mohamed Noor.
In July, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40, was shot and killed by Officer Mohamed Noor, after she called to report about a possible sexual assault. Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity, was reportedly startled by a loud noise in the vicinity of their patrol car.
Damond died on the spot. No charges have been filed.
FAMILY OF AUSTRALIAN WOMAN KILLED BY SOMALI-BORN MINNEAPOLIS COP DOUBT ABOUT RESEARCH
A family with an incomplete Christmas this year.
On Friday Identity Evropa activists created a sanctuary for Justine Damond in the 5th District in Minneapolis, MN, where her Somali-born killer – who a judge recently decided not to charge – was assigned. pic.twitter.com/bzPntJq0aO
IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) December 23, 2017
Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group founded in the North of California, said on her Twitter account in the convert of the memorial Friday. The group posted photos of the memorial and the caption: “A family with an incomplete Christmas this year. On Friday Identity Evropa activists created a sanctuary for Justine Damond in the 5th District in Minneapolis, MN, where her Somali-born killer, a court has recently decided not to charge — was granted.”
The group helped organize the participants in the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
The monument for Damond consisted of a framed portrait, candles, roses, and signs reading, “United We Stand.” The Star Tribune reported that only the extinguished candles stayed on the Saturday night.
Jacob Frey, Minneapolis’ mayor-elect, condemned the memorial.
John Ruszczyk, Justine’s father, the so-called researchers to a more thorough investigation into his daughter’s killing.
“I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms,” Frey said in a statement. “Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period.”
Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman has yet to decide whether to file criminal charges against the Noor. Freeman expressed frustration during a holiday union reception, earlier this month, telling activists he did not have enough evidence to charge the Noor and said that researchers have “not done their job.”
He also suggested that Noor, the refusal to speak with the researchers, had the prosecutors in a difficult position.
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“I have to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt that the moment he shot the gun, he feared for his life. And he used his power, because he thought that he would be killed,” Freeman said. “But I can’t. He is not the answer to my questions, because he’s not, OK?”
Freeman later apologized to investigators and said that his comments were ill-advised.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.